Butley | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Butley The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 11 2012

Simon Gray's 1971 play concerns a London university lecturer—a brilliant, dissipated, sarcastic, self-destructive intellectual bully—whose relationships are falling apart. His already estranged wife wants a divorce, and his live-in boyfriend is seeing another man. Writing in the vein of The Boys in the Band and The Killing of Sister George, Gray displays a flair for barbed bitchery—and Hubris Productions' Jacob Christopher Green revels in it as Butley, though he's a bit too fey in his arch upper-class affectations. The script's references to English literature (Butley is a T.S. Eliot specialist) and the British class system may elude some viewers, and it's hard to work up much sympathy for the overbearing title character. Still, Gray's waspishly witty dialogue makes for an entertaining crack-up. —Albert Williams

Price: $20-$25


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